With men now being allowed to dominate women’s athletic competitions (see our reports on the Hawaiian volleyball star and New Zealand weight lifter); colleges and universities now instructing students that their gender can change from day-to-day; and with the California legislature pondering a bill to “make gender a personal choice,” its safe to say the left’s attacks on such things as masculinity, femininity, and — heaven forbid — gender roles have gone full throttle into the Twilight Zone.
Still, one would think certain truths should stay above the fray if for no other reason than they are matters of biological fact, as much as the left loves science (and decry all who don’t as “science deniers”). Truths like men have a Y chromosome and women do not. Men have about 9 pints of blood in our bodies, women only about 6. After childbirth women begin the process of lactation and can nurse/breastfeed infants, men cannot.
That’s what you may think, but, alas, you’d be wrong. A study conducted and published in Pediatrics has made a startling claim that it’s “ethically inappropriate” to describe breastfeeding as “natural” because the term enforces rigid notions about gender roles.
Yes, apparently claiming it is “natural” for a mother to nurse her newborn is exclusionary to “mothers” who are incapable of breastfeeding — such as those born male. It’s understood some women are unable (for a variety of legitimate reasons) to breastfeed. But, women unable to nurse have been in our midst since time began, begging the question, why is this an issue now? It would seem, in this topsy-turvy gender-fluid society, the underlying meaning is to pacify and “include” the gender-bending crowd.
“Coupling nature with motherhood… can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretaker.”
The study goes on to note how in recent years the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization along with multiple State Departments of Health all have promoted breastfeeding over bottle feeding by using the term “natural.”
“Referencing the ‘natural’ in breastfeeding promotion…may inadvertently endorse a set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate,” ultimately concluding that unless public-service announcements “make transparent the ‘values and beliefs that underlie them,’” they should quit describing breastfeeding as “natural.”
Thus, the left is attacking health organizations and government agencies that promote women’s freedom of choice (to breastfeed) because not all women are capable of breastfeeding because not all women are women and so calling something that some women can do “natural” is exclusionary to those women (who really aren’t women) because those (not) women cannot do something women can do. That women can do it is, of course, the reason its called “natural” in the first place but since not all women are or can we must cease using that word.
Read that last bit again, you’ll get it sooner or later.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]